from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. See fire hydrant.
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- n. A fire hydrant.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. a plug or hydrant for drawing water from the main pipes in a street, building, etc., for extinguishing fires.
- n. an upright hydrant that can supply large volumes of water to use in fighting a fire. They are commonly placed at intervals at the street edge of a sidewalk for convenience in suppressing fires in towns.
- n. a street hydrant to which hose may be attached.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A device for connecting the supply-pipe of a fire-engine with a water-main in case of fire.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an upright hydrant for drawing water to use in fighting a fire
fire + plug, referring to the system used prior to fire hydrants, in which a large plug was placed into a hole in the water main, then covered with a barrel. The plug was removed when water was needed. (Wiktionary)